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Our Team

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."

Staff

Shelley Coldiron

Executive Director


Shelley holds a BS in Biology, an MS in Analytical Chemistry and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She joins W.O.L.F. after starting multiple Biotech companies. For over 25 years she has been intimately involved with the rescue, sanctuary and rehabilitation of both shelter and wildlife animals namely canids, felines and birds of prey. Shelley has been involved with W.O.L.F. since her move to Colorado in 2010. If she finds any down time she can be spotted enjoying the company of her five shelter dogs.

Jessica Kole

Fundraising & Development Director


Jessica has been an active wolf advocate since the early 90s. Her family claims she was cutting out newspaper clippings of the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone and hanging it on her refrigerator since the age of 10. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Education, Jessica has over 10 years experience in developing strategic marketing campaigns creating international processes for Fortune 500 businesses.

Jessica spends her free time traveling with her family, including baby Druid named after Yellowstone’s Druid Peak Pack, and educating others on wolf conservation and ethical tourism.

Suzie Halvorson

Administrative Assistant


Suzie grew up in Sioux Falls, SD and has a life-long passion for the outdoors. She has a degree in Psychology and a second Bachelor’s degree in Zoology. In 2011, she received certification in dog training, behavior modification, scent detection and service dogs and has worked as a dog trainer. This fall, Suzie will begin her Master’s Degree in Zoo, Shelter and Aquarium Management at Colorado State University. She has been volunteering with animals since she was a teenager when she worked with the Sioux Falls Humane Society. She has been a volunteer at Colorado Raptor Program and spent a month in Australia doing environmental conservation work. Suzie has been a W.O.L.F. volunteer since 2016. She and her husband share their home with three cats, one dog and two leopard geckos.

Mark Speth

Volunteer Coordinator


Mark had been a devoted volunteer at W.O.L.F. before being hired as Volunteer Coordinator. He has an has an associate’s degree in veterinary technology where he focused primarily on wildlife handling and capture techniques. Mark is finishing his bachelor’s degree at CO State University in Natural Resource Management with minors in conservation biology and zoology. He originally had no intentions of working with wolves and was getting geared up to work with komodo dragons, but his heart was stolen by wolves after completing an internship with W.O.L.F.–Mark is now part of the pack.

Susan Weidel

Rescue Coordinator & Volunteer


Susan is an attorney and has been an active volunteer at W.O.L.F. since 2009. She has devoted her life to supporting and working with animal welfare and rescue organizations. She enjoys being a part of the rescue process. She shares her home with four rescue dogs with varying special needs. Susan’s hobbies include gardening, ballet, basketball, and books. She also uses her free time to teach her dogs a variety of silly tricks!

Michelle Proulx

Director of Animal Care & Educational Programs 


Michelle started volunteering with W.O.L.F. in 2005 and was hired on as staff after her graduation from Colorado State University, with a BS in Zoology, in 2008. She enjoys all aspects of animal care with a special interest in the rehabilitation aspects of W.O.L.F.’s rescues. As a Colorado native Michelle savors anything outdoors, and can usually be found with her eye pressed against the lens of a camera.

Valerie Johnson, DVM, MS

Staff Veterinarian


​Dr. Johnson is a post-DVM fellow in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at CSU.  Her work is investigating the antimicrobial properties of activated mesenchymal stem cells and how they induce bacterial killing and enhance antibiotic activity in treatment of chronic infections.  Dr. Johnson has worked for years to provide quality veterinary care for a wide variety of wild animals and is excited to be an integral part of the W.O.L.F. team.


Bob Proulx

Facilities / Operations Manager & Video Productions


Bob joined the W.O.L.F. team in 2012 after the High Park Fire. Believing in the “Red Green Show” philosophy that if people don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy, Bob fills the role of the “Jack of all Trades” handyman. Bob has a degree in wildlife biology and finds working at W.O.L.F. a rewarding and satisfying change of pace. Originally from Michigan, Bob likes outdoor activities and Murphy, a mastiff with the appetite of a wolf.

Zack Lamb

Maintenance Assistant


Zack started volunteering with W.O.L.F. in the summer of 2016. Originally from the southwest corner of Colorado, Zack has been intrigued by wolves from a very young age and has greatly enjoyed the unique challenges W.O.L.F. has presented to him. Zack is majoring in wildlife biology and is loving getting to know the world of W.O.L.F.

Duncan Rahmlow

Maintenance Assistant


I studied cultural anthropology but after a semester of reading Jared Diamond and Margaret Mead, I decided I wanted to experience other cultures first hand. I made the decision to work and travel abroad in order to gain that experience. In my travels I was often drawn to wildlife shelters, and reserves. I worked with sea turtles in the Philippines, at an orangutan rehabilitation center in Borneo, and a tiger sanctuary in Thailand. I traveled to Tunisia and worked in a private dog shelter for several months. Conditions for these animals in other parts of the world were often heartbreaking. However, I was amazed to see how much the animals could benefit from the work of just a few compassionate people.  Eventually I returned to the U.S. and moved to Colorado where I  started volunteering at W.O.L.F. In the summer of 2018, I was hired as staff member working in facilities maintenance.

James Velasquez

Netsuite Manager


From a young age, James has always had a fascination with animals. Growing up in a household that generally stepped in when it had been learned an animal was on its way to the pound, compassion for all creatures has become prominent in his core values. The presence of critters always a constant in every home he’s ever known, he’s cared for the likes of birds, bunnies and guinea pigs over the years in addition to cats and dogs. When it comes to volunteering, James finds that the chance at new friendships provides its own reward for the time he invests.

Debbie Dean

Events Assistant & Volunteer

Lisa Golicher

Social Media Coordinator & Volunteer

Keith Laposh

Education & Rescue Specialist & Volunteer

Sharon Sharp

Netsuite Assistant & Volunteer

Board of Directors

Jeff Bauer

Jeff Bauer joined the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors in 2018.  He has been a financial advisor with AIG VALIC in Ft. Collins for over 20 years.  Jeff has a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Conservation Biology.  He has been an animal advocate for many years, helping to drive dogs who are on the euthanasia list in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma to safety.  His two teenage sons often accompany him on his rescue trips for Found Nation Animal Rescue.  Jeff is a former youth rugby and soccer coach and his hobbies include rock climbing, mountaineering, cooking and supporting other rescue friends in their endeavors.  Jeff and his wife Jennifer live in Ft. Collins with their two sons.

dr-ron-brightDr. Ron Bright

Dr. Bright has been a member of the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors since 2014. He has been a veterinary surgeon for many of W.O.L.F.’s animals since 2004. In 2013 he helped initiate an annual field examination program for each animal at the Sanctuary.

Dr. Bright graduated from Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and specialized in small animal surgery. He served as a member of the Board of Regents and President of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Bright was a professor at several prestigious universities over the years, including Purdue, University of Florida and the University of Tennessee. He has published over 150 articles, more than 27 chapters in 10 veterinary textbooks, and has given over 150 lectures both nationally and internationally.

Barbara Budny 

Barbara Budny  joined the W.O.L.F. Board in 2017. She is a Vice President with Graziano Budny which is a part of UBS Financial Services, Inc. She specializes in financial planning and wealth management. Barbara grew up in rural Wisconsin and earned a B.S. at the University of Wisconsin.

Barbara has had a passion for animals for many years. “Outside of the investment world, I support many national and local animal shelters and animal rights organizations.  I volunteered at animal shelters, adopted endangered animals at wild animal sanctuaries, and participated in the Legislation Day with the Humane Society of the US.  Promoting animal welfare and animal rights in Colorado is one of my greatest passions.”  She also shares her home with her two cats, Donald and Shayna. Barbara was the Guardian Angel to our wolf Lance in 2015, and until he returned to spirit in May 2016. Barbara is currently the Guardian Angel for Pax.

shelleyShelley Coldiron, Ph.D.

Shelley Coldiron has been the Executive Director of W.O.L.F. Sanctuary since July 2012. She has served on the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors since late 2011. Dr. Coldiron has B.S. and Master’s degrees from Wright State University. She received her Ph.D. in 1993 in Biomedical Engineering from Iowa State University where she also taught analytical chemistry. She has been the CEO and President of several nanotechnology companies and is an expert in developing commercial applications for university-developed technologies.   She has published numerous scientific articles and holds several patents in chemistry, devices and nanotechnology.

Dr. Coldiron has been active in animal welfare and rescue for over 35 years in Ohio, Iowa, Utah, and Colorado. She shares her home with six rescued dogs.

Peter J. Dauster

Pete Dauster joined the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors in 2018.   He has been practicing law in Fort Collins, Colorado since 2007 with a broad based civil practice. Prior to moving to Fort Collins, Pete practiced law in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee. Pete is also licensed to practice law in Wyoming.

Pete graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in Administrative Management in 1985 and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at Memphis State University in 1989.  In 2011 Pete completed the 40-Hour Mediation Training course through the Colorado Bar Association.

Pete is a member of the Larimer County Bar Association, where he is a former member of the executive board and the former President (2016-17).  He is also a member of the Colorado and Wyoming Bar Associations.

Pete’s community service has included serving as legal counsel and former Board member (2010-2013) of Animal House, a Fort Collins no-kill dog rescue shelter.  He currently a volunteer mediator for the City of Fort Collins’ community mediation program. Pete is the Guardian Angel for W.O.L.F.’s beautiful wolf dog Nysa.

Amanda Hand, MNM, MA, LPC

Amanda joined the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors in 2018.  She is passionate about helping nonprofit organizations maximize their potential and serve their target populations and is thrilled to do so with W.O.L.F. Graduating from Texas A&M University with degrees in Psychology and Theater Arts, she went on to receive a Masters in Counseling from Michigan State University.  Amanda worked in juvenile justice and child protection in Larimer County as an intensive in-home family therapist and caseworker before taking a break to have her two sons. She then went back to graduate school to obtain a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado and works with people of all ages to address depression, anxiety, and the things that block us from moving forward in life. When not at work helping others, she enjoys goofing around with her boys, kickboxing, football, drinking good wine, and listening to audio books. She lives in ‘the country’ east of Fort Collins with her husband, dogs, cat, turtle, and sons.

Fred Johnston

Fred Johnston is the Chairperson of the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors.  He joined the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors in 2018.  He has degrees from Colorado State University in Psychology and Animal Science.  From 1975 to 1998 Fred was a successful restaurateur in Longmont, Ft. Collins and Boulder.  He managed hundreds of employees and worked cooperatively with countless governmental regulatory agencies.  In 2002, Fred and his wife formed Summit Real Estate and Marketing.  They developed and sold subdivisions in Weld and Boulder counties. They has been active in the Red Feather Lakes community since 1976, and they opened a Summit office in RFL in 2010. Fred’s deep contacts and excellent reputation n the Red Feather Lakes community will help W.O.L.F. make the transition to our new home in the RFL area. Fred is the Guardian Angel for W.O.L.F.’s beloved Nashoba.

dr-stone-and-kai_resizedDr. Teva Stone, DVM

Dr. Stone is the Vice Chairperson of the  W.O.L.F. Board of Directors.  She joined the Board in 2016. She is a 2009 graduate of Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and has a special interest and love for surgery. She is co-owner of the Wellington Veterinary Hospital in Wellington, Colorado and President of the Larimer County Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Stone often treats many of the animals at W.O.L.F. She has done routine medical examinations and assisted Dr. Bright on complex surgeries for W.O.L.F. animals, along with performing annual field examinations at the Sanctuary. In a recent W.O.L.F. Magazine article, Dr. Stone expressed her feelings about W.O.L.F.: “I think W.O.L.F. is extraordinary. The things they do for these animals, the sacrifices they make – I admire each and every one of the people involved. Their dedication to this cause is inspiring, and it makes me even more excited to be a part of this team.”

mikeMike Thompson

Mike Thompson has been a W.O.L.F. Board member since 2013 and recently completed his term as Chairman of the Board. Mike served in an executive management capacity at IBM for over 30 years. He is an expert in IT systems and software integration as well as strategic planning and business development.

For over 10 years, Mike has served as the Chairman and President of the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, which provides fire, medical and first responder services for over 110 square miles of Larimer County. He helped lead the fire department during the devastating 2012 High Park Fire and the historic flood of 2013.

claudia-whitcombClaudia Whitcomb, C.P.A.

Claudia Whitcomb has been a member of the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors since 2014 and currently serves as Treasurer. She is a Colorado State University alumna and co-owner of the accounting firm Dye & Whitcomb. Ms. Whitcomb has over 20 years of experience in private and public accounting, specializing in taxation and financial accounting for non-profits, including serving a number of animal welfare agencies.

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